These works are a part of a photographic series about healing on Country. The first portrait, RECOVERY (Baralaba) (2020), captures an artist on Country near Baralaba, Central Queensland, and the second portrait, ACCLIMATION (Meanjin) (2021), captures the artist in Brisbane’s CBD.
Keemon was in Baralaba when the pandamic reached Australia and he experienced the first COVID lockdown, in the remote Aboriginal community of Woorabinda. This was a time where he was able to reconnect with nature and grasp how his body is relative to its surroundings. A year on, and he is in a fast-changing urban environment that he no longer finds familiar. Keemon’s work interrogates personality, indigeneity and the transience of space.